Qualification name:Nutritional Sciences
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:Candidates will be required to have a first degree in a biological science subject (excluding nutrition or closely related degrees) with 2:2 Honours classification or above.
Other requirements:International students whose first language is not English are required to have the following English language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme. However, applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to the University of Nottingham Policy for Waiving English Language Entry Requirements.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Part time details:2 years part-time
Campus:Sutton Bonington Campus
This course is aimed at BSc graduates in biological sciences (or related subjects) to allow them to specialise in nutrition. It offers students an in-depth education in human nutrition covering the underlying principles and evidence base, defining concepts, theories and methods, and the current knowledge and development of the subject, within a research-led environment.
- The programme is managed by the school’s Nutritional Sciences group which is the largest provider of undergraduate and postgraduate training in nutrition and related subjects in the UK.
- The group is also engaged in internationally renowned research in collaboration with academic and industrial partners.
- The group has an interest in three key research areas, namely (i) Metabolism, ageing and disease, including nutrient-gene interactions, fetal programming, and molecular nutrition; (ii) Global food security, particularly the nutritional and processing quality of animal and plant products; and (iii) Diet and Health, particularly diet-health interactions in humans.
- The school is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK (for agriculture, veterinary and food science) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). 97% of our work (in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science) was judged to be of international quality.
This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Successful graduates can apply directly for entry to the UK Register of Nutritionists as Associate members and use the ANutr qualification.
Students would normally be expected to complete the full masters course but may choose to complete the diploma (taught modules only) if this is better suited to their professional development needs.
The programme aims to cover:
- The principles of nutrition including the sources and functions of macro- and micronutrients, energetics and metabolism.
- A range of methods for acquiring and interpreting biological and epidemiological information.
- The role of diet in the causation and prevention of disease and the promotion of health.
- The latest trends and developments within nutrition and of philosophical and ethical issues associated with those trends.
- The fundamental interdisciplinary information which underpins the discipline of human nutrition.
The division is based on the Sutton Bonington Campus, a self-contained site only 20km south of Nottingham. Sutton Bonington is an easy bus or car journey to University Park Campus and to Nottingham City, with free bus service connections between campuses. Two other major UK cities, Derby and Leicester are nearby. East Midlands International Airport is 7km away, plus there are fast rail links to London close by.
The MSc requires 180 credits for completion. Two semesters of taught modules (120 credits) are followed by a Research Project and Dissertation (60 credits).
All modules are compulsory. More information about each module is available below from the University's module catalogue.
Each student will carry out a primary research project in an area of interest related to nutritional sciences.
General information on funding for both research and taught degrees, applicable to UK/HEU students is available from the University's Graduate School.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 87% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,800 with the highest being £29,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career destinations included biochemists, lecturers, medical scientists and scientific researchers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include Domantis GSK, GE Healthcare, Lonza Biologics, Mars Confectionary, Q Chip and Unilever.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.